I can not start in safe mode. I was able to perform a system restore to no effect. I changed the boot order to make sure HDD was first and it still didn't work.
Since then I have installed, and am currently running on the problem PC, ubuntu on a flash drive. I am in fact writing this message on the problem PC in ubuntu. I have also made a windows 7 iso DVD which runs on the PC. However when I hit the system repair button it said there were no errors.
I am lost now and everything that I can find regarding these symptons have fixes that appear to be tailored to each particular case, which I have no where near enough knowledge on how to analyze or fix in the first place.
If anyone is familiar with this problem or wants to help and guide me I would be much obliged.
Help! and thanks!